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British Museum Free Tour: Tales of Civilisations and Ideas in Time

Your Guru: Tina
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3.5
10 ratings
  • London
  • Available in English, Greek, Russian
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

Hi everyone, I'm Tina and for several years I have led many visitors in Expert Docent Guides, in London and other cities' renown Museums and Galleries. Art Curator & Specialist - Art Writer - Bilingual Interpreter & Translator: MA MLitt MCIL

Hi everyone, I'm Tina and for several years I have led many visitors in Expert Docent Guides, in London and other cities' renown Museums and Galleries. Art Curator & Specialist - Art Writer - Bilingual Interpreter & Translator: MA MLitt MCIL

About the Tour

Intra-mural, fun & intelligent energetic strolls, hipping on Ancient & Recent Art & Ideals at The BRITISH MUSEUM. 


  • The British Museum contains one of the most extensive and significant Collections of Ancient and Historic World Art of more than 8 million artefacts, nowadays as well comprising very select Contemporary Artworks. Let's time-travel together through its many spaces that host the unique exhibits of the Civilisations-in-Connections, which form our Global Heritage Culture.


  • I shall be revealing to you unknown tales, buried in the sands of time, of the immaculate nexus of monumental Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian, and Ottoman Kings and Kingdoms; and of their peoples' tools for work, trades, traditions, wars and religions through the aeons. We will be inspecting an astonishing accumulation of astronomical knowledge, heart-touching-beautiful ceramic and miniature painting, delectable olfactory and tasteful coffe-making, and a spectacular delivery of Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi, Manijeh Yadegar, Khalil Joreje, and Joana Hadjithomas' Contemporary Art. 


  • We shall be tracing the deciphered contents of the Rosetta Stone and Jean-Francois Chambollion's Orientalist deciphering context, two centuries ago. In the Enlightenment Rooms, we shall discuss the establishment of Archaeology by Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Comte de Caylus and the overall rising in the 17th and 18th centuries of the re-connective strings of free-thinking research and science. 


  • In the Greek and Roman Galleries, I shall narrate to you unadvertised myths and legends of the Olympian Gods, Athena and Aphrodite, of Hercules, Jason and Theseus and of many Homeric Iliad and Odyssey Heroes, represented in the Museum's sculptures and painted Vases. Trailing the formation of Ancient Greece to the philosophy, maths, science and the victorious wars of Classical Athens' Democracy, I shall recount to you the multiplex theory creative secrets within the superb Parthenon Marbles by Phidias. 
  • Revealing the shadowy romantic life of Alexander the Great, lost in the cosmopolitan Hellenistic States and the Library of Alexandria, I shall also teach you to read and speak the ancient Greek writings on amphorae and stelae! And, revisiting Cicero's aspirations for Rome and the defeat of Cleopatra's hybrid Hellenism by Julius Caesar's Roman Empire, we shall find undisclosed discourse between Greek and Latin, Theatre and Amphitheatre, Writers-Actors and Gladiators; additionally, we shall read and speak Latin! 


  • In the British, Middle and Later European History Galleries, we shall examine specific exhibits of importance, like The Royal Gold Cup, which highlight the ascent of a uniting culture of European peoples. 


  • Finally, I shall take you through the history of the founding of the British Museum itself: who the   founder was of this world’s oldest public national museum, its contributing collectors, sponsors and curators, its universal spirit of ethnographic study and famous architecture to the contemporary Great Court and the story of, just before 1939, 'the biggest, mass evacuation of objects in any museum's history'.



GENERAL INFO

Meeting:
Meeting you at the Court Cafe, inside the British Museum's Great Court. Links:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/about-us/british-museum-story/architecture/great-court 

https://www.fosterandpartners.com/news/videos/great-court-at-the-british-museum/


Groups
2–5 attendees / minimum 2 attendees.

Booking essential.


Additional costs

No additional costs: these Tours do not require the payment of entrance fees or other expenses.


What's the price?
A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give £10 per person, some people give  £200; you choose the price.

The Expert Tour Guide in Russian has a fixed price of £120 per attendee and requires a minimum of 2 confirmed visitors- attendees. 

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour with the Expert Guru and your free entry via the British Museum website's 'Visit' pages. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: I will be seating at the Court Cafe, inside the British Museum's Great Court. I carry a big black bag.

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
A minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is not suitable for pets.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (10)

3.5
By category
Professionalism
3.4
Fun
3.4
Expression
3.4
Quality
3.4
Route
3.4
Aditi
06 Jul 2022 Delhi
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Jul 2022

It was an excellent experience full with learning, my guide Tina, is a well learned person and was interested in making me understand all that could have been made possible in 2.5 hrs. She extended the walk so that she could impart more knowledge. I don’t think anyone else could have done better than her.

Gregory
05 Jul 2022 Cape Coral
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Jul 2022

She didn’t show us and only sent email notice within the prior hour.

Response from Tina
Dear Gregory, What a pity that you missed this wonderful and very civilised & intelligent Tour today. Aditi was one of the most charming Attendees ever! Full of curiosity and gentle manners; great-great Tour. We waited for you but you didn’t show up and you didn’t contact us at all during our 2-hour Guide in the Museum. I am very happy, in the end: This Tour is for enthusiasts of serious learning, indeed! Goodbye, Tina
José
01 Jul 2022 Plymouth
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Jun 2022

Response from Tina
Dear Jose, I am very surprised; returning to my home after a very difficult day. I messaged you that I was knocked by a cab and was taken to hospital today. Don’t you receive my messages? Very surprised...
Linda
27 Jun 2022 Portland
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Jun 2022

Honestly I couldn’t tell what the focus of her information was - I should have read the description more carefully so I’ll take the blame. It was her practicing a book she is writing and it felt random. I think she probably is very knowledgeable and does know a lot. Sadly there was just me and she never engaged me - just talked. She asked for a tip and I gave what I was going to give for a tour (after 30 minutes) but honestly I’d recommend to just take a tour the museum offers and you’ll likely get more info.

Response from Tina
Please forward your full details to me, Linda. From Tina
Anand
25 Jun 2022 Bengaluru
Verified booking
Travelled alone - Jun 2022

Guru neither turned up nor cared to message about it. Wasted my time ..pathetic

Response from Tina
Dear Anand, I do apologise for the difficulties to meet, due to this debilitating rail strike in the U.K. The past week was disastrous for many freelance professionals in the Tourism industry. Can only say that I shall be waiting to meet you on my Tour sometime later, when you are available to take it and the circumstances in London will be normal, to get a group of Attendees together. I am certain that then you will be appreciating better, especially as, personally, I enjoy so much guiding new people around the treasures and tales of the British Museum; quite few times getting very little money, indeed, for my enthusiasm and dissemination of expert knowledge. Best wishes for all good things to happen for you and Au revoir, Tina

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!